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So I’ve shared a few pretty positive posts about lockdown recently. About how on the whole we’ve been quite enjoying it and how I believe that there will be good things to come from it. All of that still stands. But if you’ve followed me for a while, especially over on Instagram, you will know that I’m also partial to a rant. Even a whinge sometimes if you’re lucky. In fact, I actually think it’s healthy to have a good old moan every now and then. I always panic after posting anything moany as I’m so aware that there are people far worse off. But I still think everyone’s feelings are valid no matter what. Therefore, I am about to moan! Here are 7 annoying things about parenting during lockdown…
1. The snack demands NEVER stop
Literally never. I feel like I’m just a 24/7 snack b*tch. Not sure how many more times I can cope with hearing ‘Mummy can I have a snaaaaaaack?’ It’s like the soundtrack of my life at the moment!!
2. There’s no escape from the constant whinging
Oh the whinging! Dear God the whinging.
Usually for snacks (see number 1) or screens. I have taken to ignoring the twiglets if they ask for something in a whingy voice. (Obviously I have explained that to them – I don’t just randomly ignore my kids haha! Well only if they’re really being complete turdmonkeys!)
Having to listen to nonstop 24/7 whinging IN STEREO should definitely be used as a form of torture.
3. No lovely National Trust walks
Lockdown is basically like the summer holidays but without being able to shove the kids in the car and escape somewhere pretty for the day. It makes it much harder to distract the kids from whatever they’re whinging about that day! And I miss cheering myself up with a yummy coffee!
4. You can’t share the parenting with friends
Not being able to meet up with other mum friends for a coffee while the kids play/kill each other is HARD. Parenting is definitely much easier when you can parent in a team once in a while. Or at least just moan about the children anyway. Plus my two listen so much better to other kids’ mums than their own!
5. You are ALWAYS in demand
If your kids are anything like mine, they will have regressed massively and apparently lost any ability to do things independently they might have previously had. They’re sooo needy at the moment.
And they’ve also lost the ability to wait even two seconds for anything. If they want something, it has to be RIGHT THAT MINUTE otherwise whinging or even screaming ensues.
6. Food shopping costs a bloody fortune
Having kids at home all day every day means you are constantly preparing food. All those meals and endless snacks cost money. I swear our weekly food shop has practically doubled in price!
To be fair, the increased alcohol intake *may* be partly to blame…
*side note* Anyone else absolutely mortified putting their recycling out?!! The shaaaaame.
7. Bribery goes through the roof
I don’t know about anyone else but my parenting is pretty much entirely based on bribery these days. I mean, it was before to be fair. But now it seems to get my kids to do anything at all other than play on an ipad, I have to offer a reward for afterwards (often said ipad). Which I completely disagree with, but ya know, needs must.
8. Everyone else is doing it better
Comparison is a tw*t at the best of times. But during lockdown, we’re all on social media all the time. Cos let’s face it, we’ve got nothing better to do. And it makes it easier than ever to compare yourself with others.
You can see every other parent seemingly absolutely smashing juggling homeschooling, crafting, keeping the house clean, working from home, exercising etc etc. Meanwhile you’re sat rocking in a corner clutching a bottle of wine and a biscuit, becoming more like a whale by the minute, wondering why your kids seem like they’re set on finishing you off.
But just remember, we’re all doing our best
Obviously, these are all a bit tongue-in-cheek. I’m not really *completely* ungrateful for my kids, and am actually enjoying having all this extra time with them. That doesn’t mean it’s not intense and downright hard sometimes!! But we are all doing our best to get through these weird times. And a bit of humour always helps innit 🙂
Thanks for reading! What things are annoying you about parenting during lockdown?
Til next time,